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Newsweek, Nov. 26, 2021
Neutrino Signals Detected at Large Hadron Collider for First Time Ever
Jonathan Feng, co-leader of the FASER Collaboration and a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), said in a university press release: “Prior to this project, no sign of neutrinos has ever been seen at a particle collider. “This significant breakthrough is a step toward developing a deeper understanding of these elusive particles and the role they play in the universe.”

CNN,  Nov. 28, 2021 (Video)
Smash-and-grab robberies hit stores across U.S.
The images of smash-and-grab robberies happening across the U.S. look like something from a dystopian movie. Charis Kubrin, UCI professor of criminology, law & society says it involves organized criminal rings and copy-cat crimes but there probably isn’t one factor behind the spree.

Spectrum News 1, Nov. 29, 2021 (Video)
UCI study finds medicinal plant extract could prevent morphine addiction
A graduate student at the University of California at Irvine named Lamees Alhassen helped to make a discovery that could very well have kept Nick from opioid addiction. That discovery was a common plant. “It’s corydalis yanhusuo,” Alhassen said, holding up the plant’s grounded-up roots in her hand while standing in her white lab coat next to her mentor and Professor Olivier Civelli in a lab at UCI’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. For the past two years, Civelli and Alhassen have been researching centuries-old Chinese pain remedies.

Forbes, Nov. 24, 2021 (Contributor)
Study Shows Most Physicians Lack Knowledge Of Medical Cannabis
An overwhelming majority (84%) of the health care providers surveyed said that their patients had requested or asked about cannabis for chronic pain, with 72% reporting that they had been asked in the previous 30 days. Dr. Daniele Piomelli, [professor, anatomy & neurobiology], the director of the Institute for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California, Irvine and a member of the UCI Institutional Review Board that approved the research, said in a press release that the study “emphasizes both the public interest around cannabis as an analgesic and the lack of reliable data and/or medical education about its correct use.”

The New York Times, Nov. 28, 2021
This Fire-Loving Fungus Eats Charcoal, if It Must
“Fungi are amazing at degrading all sorts of compounds,” said Kathleen Treseder, an ecologist [and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology] at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study. “It makes sense that they would be able to break down this pyrolyzed material.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

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